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Sony Dismisses Hack into its Playstation, Points to Other Potential Causes

During the last forty eight hours, over a hundred members of Sony's PlayStation complained to the company through one of many Twitter accounts it maintained, this one operable in UK. The complaint is that somebody hacked their login credentials. However, a few of those getting back their accounts' access stated that their funds currently went missing. In an interview to BBC, Sony denied any hack of its PlayStation Network while indicating other potential reasons of access loss.

There were as well several messages posted regarding the problem on Reddit website's PlayStation 4 subreddit section. Sony informed BBC that it regularly checked if there was any irregular activity, while in case of any the company changed the passwords of impacted A/Cs as a means for safeguarding the accountholders' credentials.

Sony further urged members for watching their accounts carefully and not provide their usernames/passwords on unauthorized websites that could be performing fake promotions and phishing off their credentials.

According to Prof Alan Woodward a cyber-security specialist, there was likely no breach at Sony for then one would have seen the stolen data somewhere else on the Web.

Prof Woodward told BBC that there were two possible methods the theft of credentials occurred -one, somebody had infiltrated Sony's central servers, two, the hackers compromised the members' individual computers. Bbc.com posted this, November 15, 2016.

In the meantime, Sony has answered queries of affected members directly on Twitter.

During November it was first reported that probable hacks occurred because complaints from users emerged that they couldn't access their accounts. Other complaints also emerged about money being withdrawn from the users' bank A/Cs followed with that being deposited inside the PlayStation Store moneybags of those users. In 2011, hackers had targeted PlayStation to steal and leak some 77m account credentials.

Sony contended that suppose a central breach had occurred it would have set the grey areas of the Web ablaze and the company within the industry too like others would have known about it already.

Sony couldn't clarify what number of users was impacted due to the incident while the problem solely seems to be impacting accountholders of PlayStation inside UK.

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